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-Dharma Mittra: 1rst time I did a
Headstand was in
Never aspired to
This EVER. Read more below.
-Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee
HEADSTAND READY OR NOT:
Last year I took Dharma Mittra’s class with 100 other people. I thought the class would be easy and relaxing since he looked anywhere between 80-100.
When he demonstrated an effortless headstand I was in awe. I have never aspired to stand on my head for the benefit of blood rushing to my head and creating new neuropathways. It could easily be had by lying off the edge of my bed which had no appeal either.
I was in the second row which made it harder to fake the asanas (yoga postures) but I modified where I could.
I heard him say “look at me”. I looked up and he had singled me out, his eyes piercing mine and he said “up”. I have no idea to this day how this happened but my legs shot up above me and I was in a headstand. I was stunned and elated all at once. I suppose this is how someone pushes a car off a loved one when it is not humanly impossible. That’s how it felt to me anyway. I’m still not sure where this came from. Was I afraid of the consequences if I didn’t go up? Did I get the affirmation from a well schooled teacher that saw something in me and I didn’t want to disappoint him? Did the power in his words speak to a place inside where I wanted to do this but had given up on the idea because it was pointless or I was too old? Was it because if this old man could do it, so could I? I felt like a little kid again and wanted to run to mommy shouting “look at me”. I was amazed and proud even though this felt somewhere out of any control I humanly had. To this day I do headstand most everyday because I can. It reminds me that there are so many things in my life waiting to emerge if I just stay open and listen to my intuition.